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Which of the following test can be used to distinguish between phenol and cyclohexanol?

(a) $Br^2$ water test
(b) Sodium metal test
(c) $NaHCO_3$ test
(d) Both Sodium metal test and $NaHCO_3$ test
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Answer: $Br_2$ water test
image phenol                                    imagecyclohexanol
(i) Only phenol gives $Br_2$ water test (white ppt. of tri-bromophenol)
(ii) Both give sodium metal test
(iii) $NaHCO_3$ test is given by none.
answered Jan 26, 2014 by mosymeow_1
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